A civilisation that has inspired some of the world’s political, artistic, fashion and culinary greats, today France waits to seduce contemporary visitors. A rich history of invasion and wars of power and religion, battles between monarchy and republic, and two world wars has left the country brimming with historical and culture sites. The capital of Paris is instantly recognisable: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur and the Louvre, all dotted along the meandering River Seine. Venture beyond the city chic to explore the picturesque countryside and you’ll discover that traditional rural life still flourishes. France offers the ultimate gastronomic tour for your taste buds. Be brave and sample foie gras, frogs’ legs and escargot. Indulge in some freshly baked bread from the boulangerie and a wedge of local camembert. Toast with a glass of champagne or burgundy. Let France help you rediscover the meaning of joie de vivre.